I would like to note the hotel staff, who work day and night to make the guests' stay unforgettable. Absolutely everyone, from gardeners and maids to the resort chef Natalie, are excellent people who love their work and do it responsibly. Birkan and Ahmed, who are in charge of the restaurant and bar, are simply mega masters of their craft, the food in Palmia is amazing and just in some endless quantity, like from a cornucopia. Very tasty, very varied, with new culinary surprises every day.
Sports coaches are also nice and funny guys. Sports are in full swing, everything is free, even tennis, water skiing and archery. The tennis team is just great (Zico, Mark, Baptiste and other guys). The first days I went to training in a group of beginners, and the last 2 days I even decided to be like a group of a more advanced level and, thanks to the efforts of the coaches, I didn’t lose my face. Now I have a new sports hobby in my life, from which I really get high.
Every evening there are shows and parties in the hotel, and all the staff also take part in them. The circus team shows just crazy and very complex numbers, everyone is dancing, amusing the guests. Batteries, not people, I would like so much energy in my work.
The hotel is cool, I strongly advise you to go there and evaluate the organization of leisure and service, of all the places where I have been, this is the best option for sure.
It was August 2019 and we just dreamed about where we wanted to go. Then there was no coronavirus yet and you could afford to travel abroad. We considered Morocco, Thailand and China - we wanted to go further and more exotic. We decided to think before the New Year and already buy a tour for the fall. But then the unexpected happened - China was the first to close, and after it, the whole planet was in self-isolation. My despair knew no bounds, but what to do. And in June, the groom happily announced that Club Med had opened resorts and in the fall it would be possible to fly, as we dreamed, but not to Asia and Africa, but closer - to Turkey, to the resort town of Palmie.
We paid for the tour on the official website, until the last moment we were worried that it would not be possible to fly due to the epidemiological situation, but the resort remained open all season. It was an amazing honeymoon, 10 honeymoon days to be exact.
In descriptive adjectives, Palmie is huge, beautiful, comfortable and fun. And still delicious. The town is big, but there are not so many guests. This is even visible in the photo - like a general shot and a huge piece of territory is captured, but there are no random people in the photo, no one got into the frame. During the day, everyone dispersed in accordance with their interests - some were swimming, some were lying by the pool with a glass of cocktail, but most still went in for sports at sea or on land. The real number of vacationers could only be judged at evening shows.
We also did not stay away from, as they are called here, sports academies. I especially liked those related to water. We rode on a catamaran and water skis, swam.
The food was very tasty. Fortunately, I have been following a certain diet for many years, associated with some food restrictions, and I know how to say “no” to my appetite. My husband was not afraid to gain extra kilos, so he ate as much as he wanted.
Probably, given the epidemiological situation in the world, it is worth saying a few words about the precautionary measures at the resort.
At the airport, we all passed tests for covid, received certificates and went to the landing with them. In Palmia itself, disinfection is carried out constantly - handrails, door handles, exercise equipment are wiped several times a day. The buffet tables are located behind a transparent partition and guests themselves cannot take food. We only showed the employee at the table what we wanted and he served. Approach to the buffet table was possible only in a mask. Paired deck chairs are located, as it were, in separate booths under a canopy - an alcove and nothing more, separate deck chairs stood at a distance from each other. That is, I want to say that everywhere the contact of vacationers is minimal.
We chose this resort because we had already twice rested in Club Meda with children - once during the January holidays in the Alps, the second time we also flew with children to the sea in Bali. Therefore, we were very happy when we saw Club Med among the open Turkish resorts.
And already, as experienced tourists and Club Meda regulars, they immediately booked places for children in children's clubs at home, so that our children would certainly be accepted there, and they also spent their unexpected holidays actively and profitably. Since the manager immediately warned us that the number of places both at the resort itself and in children's clubs is limited according to new sanitary standards.
In general, our expectations were justified by one hundred percent. The whole family got a full week's rest. And we got real sports holidays in a warm and beautiful corner of nature.
Both my husband and I, and our children with their classmates of the children's club, were mainly engaged in windsurfing and water skiing, as they missed the sea to the pain. My husband and I did this not for the first time, but a couple of times we took part in group classes with an instructor, as we had to remember the basics and re-learn how to feel the wave and our body. And then we already with him, as they say, went to free swimming. And our boys finally began to learn water skiing, and, of course, with an instructor. They didn’t have a Russian-speaking instructor, but thanks to our school teachers of English and French and thanks to the professionalism of the resort’s instructors, they succeeded in training, they received elementary skills in controlling their body on the water.
In the evenings, the whole family played beach volleyball or tennis. And then the territory of the resort is transformed from the illuminated night lights, which cheered up even more. A small show with a disco in the open air, and completely satisfied with the day they lived, they went to bed.
We are very glad that we managed to visit such an active resort, go in for sports and improve our health.
It turns out that we flew in a large friendly company - our family of four (two schoolchildren in grades 3 and 8), and a family of friends with a third-grader son too.
In general, we had a calculation, the daughter and their son are friends, they are the same age - they will not be bored, the eldest can look after them if we adults want to have fun separately from the children. True, I was worried that our teenage son would be bored, still small if you hang on him. In reality, it turned out better than expected. The children, all three of them, were happy to hang out in the kids clubs all day long, even our eldest. In my opinion, he was even more happy than the younger ones at the club, because there was communication and hanging out with the same teen’s, plus they were taught windsurfing and water skiing there. Naturally, for a kid of his age, it’s extremely interesting and cool to brag to friends at school later.
And we adults had a good time this week, also swaggered on water skiing, paddleboarding and kayaking.
Many, including parents, did not recommend us to go to the sea during such a period. But we took the risk and don't regret it. Passed the tests upon arrival, everything is fine with health. And this is a great merit of the organizers of the resort, that they tirelessly took care of the disinfection of everything in the resort, on the territory, the hotel was kept clean. Daily cleaning of rooms, change of towels. Beach towels were brought straight to the room clean every day, they were not handed out on the beach, as it usually happens that a beach towel, whoever needs it, takes it on the beach, you carry everything clean with you from the room. The staff is wearing masks. We were also not allowed into the thick of people and closed premises without masks. The main thing is that the territory is large, we mostly walked with our family and with our friends, and in the restaurant we sat at the same table, our friends were next to each other, and then there was a decent distance between us. Marking everywhere. The main thing is to be conscious, where you need to put on a mask and keep your distance, then the rest will not be overshadowed by anything.
The chef of the resort, Natalie, is very pleasant, friendly, she meets guests herself, she is always ready to help and answer any questions, but at the same time she manages to organize the work of the entire hotel so that everything works smoothly. Thanks to such an organization, you can really relax - the food is high-class, children's leisure in the clubs is organized perfectly, the beach is huge, like the territory of the hotel, everything is beautiful, well-groomed, clean, everything is washed and disinfected, all quarantine measures are strictly observed, shows are put on in the evenings, parties and discos, what else do you need in a resort for relaxation. Moreover, all sports activities are included in the price, clubs for children from 4 years old are also free, food is natural, the all-inclusive system is also completely free, for money only spa treatments, diving, car rental and excursions.
We really wanted to go on an excursion, especially since the hotel has its own tour desk from the Club Med tour operator, but in the end we consulted with my husband and decided to abstain this time, we only rested for a week, and for a week in the entertainment hotel itself above the roof. My husband and I went to tennis and archery practice every day, in our free time we went to the beach or just sunbathed or tried different sports like kayaks and paddle boarding (never tried before). Children during the day in the club according to the same sports program, they have a lot of training, they are even allowed to try the circus trapeze and water skiing (from a certain age). When you get bored, everything is active and fun.
And I was also very impressed by the tourists in the hotel, it is clear that this year everyone flew on vacation with joy, because they spent the whole summer at home, and in theory they should go away, but no. People go away, but in a very civilized manner, there are no drunks, there are no screams or youth festivities until the morning, everything is very civilized. Even evening shows and discos, where people drink and party, were very cultural, everyone talked to each other, smiled and there was no negativity.
I must say right away that there are no special differences, there are no such differences in the quality of service at all, the staff is still the same diligent, friendly and attentive. Many guys have been working for more than a year, the chief of the town is the constant Natalie Lanier. Services are provided in full, everything is as always, with a few exceptions - unfortunately, the hammam and the pool in the SPA do not work, of the two adult pools on the territory, only one is officially open, unofficially - some tourists manage to climb into the one that does not work. Show programs have become less contact, before the presenters tried to keep the guests as busy as possible in competitions, now it is basically just a performance. This year the kids performed on the street, but it doesn’t matter, the main thing is that the performance took place. Holidays in a pandemic also have pluses - cleaning has become much more frequent, and it used to be cleaned perfectly, but now it’s just non-stop. Even in the hotel there are fewer people than usual, not all the rooms are populated, lunch time has been increased to three hours, you can not rush to the restaurant. Previously, in a restaurant, tourists whom you do not know could sit down at your table, but now there is no such thing. Only GOs can get hooked, but only with your permission, and if you refuse, no one will be offended, everyone understands the desire to maintain distance and reduce close communication.
There are also things that are noticeable, but personally they didn’t affect us either in a plus or a minus - all sorts of markings, temperature measurements, etc. , you practically don’t notice these measures at all.
I also completely forgot to write about restaurants, Olympus is closed, only Phaselis worked as the main one, so those who lived in Villagio had to walk not close to the restaurant, this did not affect us, we just lived in the building.
In terms of sports, everything is the same, no sports have been reduced due to the pandemic, there is even a plus in the fact that, for example, there are fewer people in group classes and more attention of the coach goes to each guest.
Here is Palmie today, a little different, but still the best.
We usually arrive for two weeks and book a vacation about six months in advance, this time we just planned to book at the end of March for September, but confusion began, and we postponed all these issues until better times. The best times began in August, when the planes took off, and that's when we hurried to explore the Club Meda website in the hope of snatching at least some number. To be honest, I thought that everything would be taken apart, but it seems that many this year bought everything at the last moment. As a result, we were able to choose a cool room with a sea view in the hotel building and flew to rest for a week in mid-September, as we originally wanted.
At that time, the situation with security measures was as follows - at the hotel, all employees were wearing masks and gloves, masks were required from tourists in the restaurant for distribution, at bars, in the lobby and where there is a crowd of people. Masks were given out for free, as a souvenir you could buy a mask with the Club Meda brand logo in the boutique. The hotel has a lot of sanitizers installed, cleaning has become much more frequent, just constant disinfection. Markup, of course, was also. But the most important thing is that all this did not really affect the rest, perhaps the saddest of the changes was that the hamam and indoor pool were closed because of these measures, which, the rest worked fine. The SPA worked, I bought myself a course of procedures twice and enjoyed the massage and scrub with pleasure.
There are no changes in sports, all sports are as they were, nothing has been reduced. Every time we spend a lot of time on the water - windsurfing and water skiing are an integral part of our vacation. Of the ground, I love archery, every year it gets better and better, and my husband is more into tennis.
Everything in the restaurant is also delicious, there is a little feeling that the choice of dishes was reduced, this time there were fewer cheeses and European dishes in general, but, to be honest, there were more than enough gourmet delights. Parties, surprisingly, are also left, they attract less guests, and everything else is the same - dress code, crazy science, fun until you drop. In general, of course, there are changes, but they are few and this does not interfere with rest. As a fan of Club Med, I definitely recommend the hotel, and not only to those who have children, but to everyone, where you can relax calmly, and actively and sports, and arrange a romantic, and it’s nice to rock out at discos, in short, Club Med FOREVER.
We flew as a family of four, we have children 5 and 9 years old. For children, we booked places in children's clubs, and my husband and I were satisfied, too. during the day they could relax on their own, and children - for them it was generally an interesting new experience of international communication. Clubs at the hotel from morning to evening, but in theory you can pick up the child whenever you want. The staff is very attentive to children, they take into account the peculiarities of health, interests, the usual daily routine and nutrition. There is a lot of entertainment for children both in sports and in creativity. In clubs, children are distributed by age so that they are interested. Our children were in a mini-club (age from 4 to 10 years old), by nationality there is a hodgepodge, children from different countries, mostly Europeans. The staff speaks English or French throughout the hotel, but there were 2 Russian-speaking girls in the club, the children had no difficulties. The reception desk also had staff who spoke Russian, and there are also Russian inscriptions on the signs and signs in the hotel, although everything is clear anyway. In general, there were no questions of misunderstanding.
I really liked the food at the hotel, the choice is simply huge, we didn’t have time to try all the options for a week, although my husband and I tried to take something new every day. They cook very tasty, my husband is still a gourmet, very picky about food, but he was delighted with the kitchen. As in any all-inclusive hotel, there is a buffet, but basically, all the dishes are already laid out on individual plates, they are behind glass and the restaurant employee gives x to the guests. Apparently, so that tourists do not crowd the distribution. Children from the club were taken to feed in a common restaurant, but before a common dinner, and after them all the other guests already ate. This was done so that there were fewer people in the same room in order to keep their distance. The tables are quite far apart in the restaurant, and the staff is all in masks and gloves. Security measures are being followed to the maximum.
Everywhere in crowded places there are markings, staff in masks, the entire hotel and sports equipment are constantly washed and disinfected, antiseptics have been put everywhere. In this regard, they are, of course, well done.
Now I read in the news that in Turkey everyone was obliged to wear masks everywhere, but when we were there, there was no such rule yet. In our country, masks were mandatory for staff, and for tourists - in the restaurant at the distribution and at the reception, in other places we did not wear masks. I believe that now, maybe a little stricter, but the hotel is not crowded to the maximum with people and the streams are well bred, so I doubt that tourists will be wearing masks everywhere.
I am incredibly glad that we were able to still relax, especially in an excellent hotel with super service, great food, a lot of entertainment and sporting events. We will definitely visit this hotel again.
For us adults, the rest was also organized more than well. Before the trip, we thought that it would be harder, a bit boring, but in reality it turned out not to be so. Trapeze, archery, tennis, and most importantly for us, windsurfing and water skiing were available to us. And other water sports. So we got everything from the rest in full. They didn’t just lie on the beach (although at such a time they would be glad to even have a quiet recumbent rest on the sea coast), but led an active lifestyle, enjoying the movement and the sea. You could also do outdoor fitness.
We were fed well, the food was tasty and quite varied. I was glad that in the evening the children always went to bed full, and the children liked the food. The abundance of fresh berries, fruits and juices with smoothies is a matter of course in such resorts, but I can’t help but note this, this is one of my summer pleasures))). In restaurants, we were seated at a distance of about a meter table from the table, and no one sat down as they wanted, but by families or companies, who came to rest with whom. And there was no flea market at the food distribution tables. By the way, the boutique and restaurants are the only place where we were wearing masks, and then only when receiving food. But the staff always came across to us only in masks.
And more safety measures. Yes, cleanliness and sanitary safety were monitored very well here, they constantly watched how special personnel washed and wiped tables, doors, switches and everything else that people touch during the day with disinfectants.
And the beach area was super comfortable, everything is also zoned, families or groups of friends relax in separate remote areas. From this, it seemed to me, on the contrary, an even greater thrill from the rest - only you and your family, there are no strangers nearby, so to speak, violating your intimate space, you really get your portion of zen, enjoy the sea, sun, rest
But as practice has shown, on vacation we mostly rested with my husband together, and my daughter went to the teenage club, where children from 11 to 17 years old came. As she said, it’s much more fun with the guys, because in addition to the fact that they became friends and communicated with each other (by the way, it’s very useful for children, since the resort is mostly Europeans, and the child gets into a natural language environment, where he receives conversational skills in English, French, German), GO's organized a very interesting leisure time for them every day, and children, as well as adults, could go in for water sports, and with training. And the daughter's happiness knew no bounds, as she finally realized her old dream and learned to catch a wave and cut through the sea surface, doing windsurfing and water skiing.
My husband and I also did not lie on the beach for days on end, and also had fun on water skiing and playing our favorite tennis.
I liked the organization of services at the resort. You never have to stand in lines, have time to “grab” something - everything is planned so that you calmly go and get everything you want. And if you take into account that 90 percent of services are already included in the cost of the tour, then you don’t use a wallet at the resort either. Such total relaxation.
A few words about living conditions - we lived in a triple room, spacious, bright, comfortable, the view from the window is beautiful. There, in general, the territory of the resort is beautiful, large, and, in my opinion, from the window of any room there will be a landscape that is pleasant to look at. We had three meals a day, a buffet. The food is delicious, the variety of dishes allows you to choose today what you did not eat yesterday. It's nice that there is a menu for vegans and those who watch their weight.
We liked. To be honest, we didn’t even think that on the Turkish coast you can relax so super-comfortably with ample opportunities for active pastime.